Summit removed N Korea nuclear threat, says Trump

Summit removed N Korea nuclear threat, says Trump

The Trump administration on Thursday defended its overture to North Korea, insisting that it is not leaving Pacific allies vulnerable and that vague language in the 1.5-page agreement signed by President Trump and Kim Jong Un represents a solid commitment from North Korea to get rid of its nuclear weapons.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Thursday that he will carefully review the U.S.

"When you take over a country, a tough country, tough people and you take it over from your father - I don't care who you are, what you are, how much of an advantage you have - if you can do that at 27 years old, that's one in 10,000 that could do that", Trump said. As for canceling the military exercises, the USA did that back in 1994.

In Wormuth's view, Trump's stated concern about the cost of such exercises, combined with his talk of eventually bringing all USA troops home from South Korea, is likely to create doubt in Seoul and Tokyo about American steadfastness.

In further explaining his reasons for suspending major exercises, Trump said they "cost a fortune", though even the Pentagon, which foots the bill for US participation in all such manoeuvrs, has been unable to say what they cost.

Trump and Kim met in Singapore on Tuesday - an unprecedented encounter that saw the leader of the world's most powerful democracy shake hands with the third generation scion of a dynastic dictatorship, standing as equals in front of their nations' flags.

China's foreign ministry has said that the results of the DPRK-US summit are a "correct and important step" to achieve denuclearization, but cautioned the issues concerning the Korean Peninsula are both unique and complex.

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"(We) plan to discuss such issues as easing military tensions between the two Koreas and arranging a defense ministerial meeting as part of efforts to implement what was agreed upon in the military sector under the Panmunjom Declaration", Kim told reporters before leaving for the talks.

Mr Trump also announced a halt to wargames between the US and South Korea and expressed a desire to bring USA troops home, which left a former South Korean general "speechless".

Harris, who sported a new mustache and wore a Hawaiian lei as a former PACOM commander based in Hawaii, said, "In my previous capacity, I spoke very strongly about the need to continue military exercises, most notably in 2017".

When asked at his confirmation hearing whether he believes Pyongyang still poses a real threat, Harris said, "It is real".

While acknowledging it was a "natural" decision to suspend joint exercises as a security guarantee for North Korea, Dr Shin stressed there should be a common understanding that the freeze applies only if the regime stays in dialogue. "I do know based on my previous job that China is very unhappy with the placement of the THAAD system, but that was an alliance decision" between the USA and South Korea.

Harris also said the US and South Korea had to be focused in the long term on the removal of the threat posed by North Korea's massive array of conventional rocket and artillery emplacements along the DMZ. An, the North Korean delegation chief, expressed displeasure over it at the close of the talks. But the potential for diplomatic damage seems even greater.

Harris had pointed to that missile system as evidence of US commitment to South Korea when testifying before Congress in February, when he was still in command in the Pacific. But he said the United States and South Korea must "maintain a high military readiness posture" and project " credible combat deterrence".

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